The King of Saudi Arabia had to order an investigation into the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi who had escaped the control of his turbulent son, MBS.
Jamal Khashoggi, the man who knew too much about Riyadh
It is a popular Arab proverb: “He commits the murder and then goes to the funeral of the victim.” He has never been as good at the situation as this Tuesday in Riyadh, as many comments on Arab social networks. In front of the cameras of the national television, and in the presence of his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (said MBS), the King of Saudi Arabia received in his palace the son and brother of Jamal Khashoggi to offer their condolences. As a father of the nation, protector of his people and especially of his son, the 82-year-old Saudi ruler makes every effort to try to limit the damage caused by the assassination of the journalist who opposed Istanbul on 2 October.
“The disarray and panic have seized the top of the kingdom where we do not know how to plug the breaches of the tsunami,” slips Liberation a Saudi source close to the circles of power. After the revelations of the Turkish services forced the Saudis to admit Khashoggi’s death in their consulate in Istanbul last weekend, it is a question of facing the progress of the investigation. It focuses on the performers and especially on the principals of a “premeditated” assassination, as confirmed on Tuesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Riyadh assured that “everyone involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi will be accountable no matter who they are. Steps have been taken by the kingdom to uncover the truth and punish those directly involved and those who have failed in their responsibilities, “according to a statement issued by the official SPA agency after the weekly meeting of the Saudi government , Tuesday.
The first fuses that jumped into the kingdom are not the least. Starting with Saud al-Qahtani, the closest adviser to MBS, his black eminence, considered the mastermind of several coups of the Crown Prince, including the forced resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri last year. “Do you think I can make decisions without being guided? I’m just an employee, executing orders from my Lord the King and the Crown Prince, “Al-Qahtani had tweeted last summer, Reuters reports. The man had already warned Khashoggi before he went into exile, forbidding him to write criticism of the MBS policy in the press or on Twitter.
The crown prince, who has undertaken to modernize his very conservative kingdom, has been totally intolerant of any opposition, or even mere reservation, to his person or his policy. After removing all rivals from the royal family, he arrested dozens of religious, intellectuals, human rights defenders and women’s rights activists. But observers question the rage that may have motivated the planning and execution of the journalist in Istanbul, an operation as sophisticated as “wild”, in the words of Erdogan. “The danger represented by Jamal Khashoggi is certainly not limited to his critical pen of MBS power, as influential as it is,” says our well-informed Saudi source. Having worked for years as an adviser to Turki al-Faisal, former head of intelligence services and former ambassador to Washington and London, “Khashoggi knew too much about the royal family but he also held valuable information from within. that he could share, including on the links of senior Saudi officials with al-Qaeda. In addition, the presence of Khashoggi in Washington, where he had his entry into the US administration, Congress and think tanks to share information and analysis on Saudi Arabia, began to seriously worry MBS. To this must be added his weekly column in the Washington Post, widely read in diplomatic circles.